Scaling and Root Planing (SRP) is a meticulous cleaning of the root surfaces below the gum line to remove plaque, toxins and tartar from the root surfaces of the teeth. This procedure is more intensive than a routine general dental prophylaxis, or cleaning, which traditionally occurs every six months.
For comfort, your periodontist or dental hygienist may numb the area prior to treatment. Research has shown that SRP reduces gingival inflammation and shifts the bacterial composition living in these pockets from one that is associated with disease toward one associated with health.
SRP is a viable alternative for the treatment of gingivitis and early periodontal disease. It is important to remember that some patients may not respond optimally to SRP. These patients may require more advanced surgical therapies.
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